SMITH, CHARLES HARVEY (deceased). - The late Charles Harvey Smith, of Springfield, was born near Jacksonville, Morgan County, Ill., August 9, 1862, son of Grandiston and Melissa (Masters) Smith, natives of Illinois, the former born near Jacksonville. The father was an extensive farmer and stockman, and after being educated in the schools of his native county. Charles H. Smith helped his father on the home farm for many years. In 1895 he moved to Springfield and entered the employ of the Cudahy Packing Company in that city. He subsequently entered the employ of Schwarzschild & Sulzberger, in a similar line. He had also worked for a time for the Hammond Packing Company, in Springfield. He was a shrewd and active business man, caring for the interests of his employers as he would his own.
Mr. Smith was married at Jacksonville, August 25, 1881, to Miss Nannie Sparks, born in Macoupin County, Ill., July 27, 1861, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Harp) Sparks. Thomas Sparks was born in Tennessee and came to Morgan County as a young man, finding but one log house where the city of Jacksonville now stands. His wife was born at Jacksonville. Children as follows were born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith: Edith, unmarried, lives with her mother; George Parnell, married and living in Missouri, has two children - Thelma Florence and Earl Parnell; Catherine Maud, unmarried and living in Springfield; Ethel Fay, unmarried, living at home; and Lorraine, Charles K. and Beatrice M. in school. Mrs. Smith owns the family residence at 1508 East Brown Street, Springfield.
Mr. Smith died at the home now occupied by his widow, July 1, 1904, and his remains were buried at Pisgah, Morgan County, Ill. He was deeply mourned by his family and many friends, and left the reputation of an upright, honorable life. He was a member of the Baptist Church and in political views was a Democrat. He cared little for public life or honors, being absorbed by his business and domestic affairs.